From the Principal
There is so much that I love about the start of a new year at our College.
The anticipation of welcoming new students and their families, meeting new colleagues, seeing the completion of projects and work completed over the break and the fresh opportunities that come with new beginnings, all create a buzz around the College sites. It is like starting out on a new adventure.
There is a great deal of planning and preparation to have everything in readiness to start the new school year. I am thankful to the professional support staff, teaching staff and the campus leaders for their diligence and commitment to ensuring a smooth start.
Seeking First the Kingdom of God
A warm welcome to our 2023 students, staff and families! We are all privileged to begin a new year together seeking God and God’s Kingdom in our learning community.
Having recently been appointed to the role of Dean of Christian Culture I have been in the unique position this week to visit our campuses attending commencement services and participating in the beginning of onsite learning for 2023.
Each of our five campuses, in addition to our College Farm, Arts and Technology Center, Uniform Shop and Café have slightly different cultural expressions of our Christian College identity yet all have been established and are moving forward on our foundational scripture from Matthew 6:33 “Seek Ye Frist the Kingdom of God”.
It was such a joy on Tuesday to see our students return happy, and full of excitement as they reconnected with each other and their teachers.
Our new Preps looked so grown up as they arrived at school in their new school uniforms carrying their school bags. The smiles on their faces and the squeals of joy when they saw their friends said it all.
As well as welcoming our new Preps another huge milestone also happened at our campus this week. On Tuesday we welcomed our first class of Year 5 students as we now begin our Surf Coast Middle School. The students arrived dressed in their blazers and were ready to begin this new chapter in their educational journey.
Ready, Set, Go for Digital Learning in 2023
Year 4, 7 and 10 Device Rollouts
It has been a busy time this week as students in Years 4, 7 and 10 across our campuses have collected their new learning devices and have been supported to set them up and sign-in ready for classes. It has been wonderful to witness the students’ enthusiasm and delight as they have been supported with this process, beginning to build familiarity with their new laptop and with the College’s expectations for its use for learning.
Students in Year 4 at each of our Junior School campuses will now keep their learning devices at school for a brief time as they continue to be supported by their teachers to learn how best to care for their device, and to use it confidently and safely as a learning tool.
Superstar Surf Coast Preps!
With their shiny new school shoes, brand new school bags and lunch boxes filled to the brim, the brand-new Surf Coast Preppies successfully completed their first week of school.
There was lots of great learning that happened throughout the week and many new friendships formed.
In Integrated Studies, the Preps were introduced to their five senses through a provocation. They explored the use of their senses through a hands-on learning experience.
Making our Very own Rain Gauge
What an amazing start to the year! The Year 1 cohort has hit the ground running in their learning and have loved getting hands-on and learning new things. This term, as part of our Integrated Studies, we are learning all about weather and how it changes the environment around us. So we decided to create our very own rain gauges to track how much rain we get at our campus. We are excited to see how much it rains throughout Term 1 and the changes that we see. This will link nicely to our beach observation sessions and how the elements change the environment down there 😊
Our New Surf Coast Year 2s
We have had a wonderful start to 2023 in Year 2. The students have settled in exceptionally well, getting to know our wonderful new classmates and consolidating old friendships. There is a real sense of excitement and joy being together again and the children have shared many stories of special summer holiday experiences. In Writing, they have begun planning a recount of their holiday fun.
It has been a delight working with the Year 2 students as they enthusiastically approached their learning this week. They have been exploring place value in Maths and have been organising the classroom library. Year 2s have been getting used to new classroom routines and have really enjoyed reading the Enid Blyton classic, Famous Five Go to Treasure Island.
We look forward to a great year!
Year 3 – 2023 Here we go!
We have had a wonderful start to 2023 in Year 3. The students have settled into their new classes exceptionally well, getting to know new students and consolidating old friendships. We have enjoyed a sense of excitement and joy to all be together again and the children have had many stories of special holiday experiences with family and friends.
It has been a delight working with the Year 3 students and they have eagerly approached their learning this week with enthusiasm. The Year 3 students have been exploring place value and chance in maths, describing the senses of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching in writing, and they have shared their thoughts and wonders about our class novel, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ in reading lessons. The Year 3 students have been learning about rules in Civics and Citizenship and have collaborated to suggest class rules which encourage each other to be respectful and considerate.
We look forward to the coming weeks with our wonderful Year 3 students.
Surf Coast Campus Year 4 – Our New Junior School Leaders
The students of Year 4T have had a great start to the new academic year. As we settle into our new routines for Year 4 there will be plenty of new things to learn but we’ve got this!
On Orientation Day last year, the students started making their own Art apron and we have already been putting them to good use whenever we get creative. Don’t they look great!
Another highlight to the start of the year for the Year 4s is their new laptops. With the help of Sasha and Mr Vanderkley we set up our computers and have plenty of other things to learn about our new devices.
In the coming weeks we will be discussing the Year 4 leadership program for our Junior School here at the Surf Coast Campus. We will also be starting our first Integrated Studies unit and spending some time in the school garden developing our green thumbs!
Middle School arrives at Surf Coast!
It was a very special moment on Tuesday morning to watch our very first Middle School students arrive at our campus.
They looked simply amazing in their uniforms which now include blazers. Watching their excitement and enthusiasm starting the school year was something that I will remember for a very long time.
This is a very special moment in time for our ever-growing campus. The transition from Junior School to Middle School has been seamless for those students who were here last year. They have spent the week getting back into the groove of school, reconnecting with old friends and making new friends. We have eight new students in Year 5 this year, it has been fabulous to get to watch 5T become a close-knit group already. These will be friendships that will continue to deepen and grow throughout their Middle School journey.
What a wonderful opportunity to have our Year 5 Students appear in our local Surf Coast Times Newspaper. Click on this link to see the story.
JLTAV State-wide Japanese Calligraphy Contest
Late term 4 last year, the students in Surf Coast had an opportunity to experience a unique cultural art form, Shodo (Japanese calligraphy). After having learnt how to move Japanese brushes for each stroke, the students practised to perfectly draw the word ‘日本(Japan)’ and ‘ 月見(moon viewing)‘ in kanji.
Six students’ calligraphy work was selected from our campus and was entered in JLTAV State-wide Japanese Calligraphy Contest. Among them, Mackenzie Fitzgerald won the first prize and Daxton Ferguson won the second prize in the Year 3 and 4 category. Toby Davis won the second prize in the Year 1 and 2 category.
The Surf Coast Choir
We are pleased to announce Surf Coast Choir rehearsals will commence in Week 2. Our weekly rehearsals are held in the Multipurpose Room on Wednesdays, 8.15-8.45am for all students from Years 1 to 5.
Prep students will be invited to join us as of Term 2.
In Term 2, we are looking to separate our Choir into 2 – a lower primary and an upper primary group, to best suit the development needs of our singers. More information to follow.
Christian College 2023 Snowsports Team
Did you know that Jakara Anthony, the 2022 Winter Olympic Gold Medallist in the Women’s Moguls is an ex-CCG student?
Jakara continues to perform exceptionally well having been on the podium 16 out of the last 18 World Cups and is now the most decorated Australian Winter Olympian in history!
The Victorian Interschool Snowsports Championships are held this year in Mt Buller from the 21st – 27th August with the XC Championships being held on the 6th August.
If your child(ren) have not been involved previously and you would like to find out more about this opportunity, please email me at [email protected]
You can also find out more event details at https://www.interschools.com.au/home/
Notice to All Parents Regarding CSEF Funding
The Victorian State Government runs a program called the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF). As the name suggests, the fund is designed to assist families meet costs associated with school camps, sport and excursions and requires families to apply in each year they have a child who is eligible. Families who have an eligible child will receive $125 per year for a primary aged student and $225 per year for a secondary aged student.
If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. Please complete a 2023 Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) Application Form and return to your campus administration office by the end of Term 1 please.
Please read the attached document for further information.